Ray Di Pietro

Ways To Help: Nashville Bombing Relief Efforts

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Office of Emergency Management, and Nashville/Davidson County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are working together to provide immediate assistance to individuals impacted by the tragedy on…

The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Office of Emergency Management, and Nashville/Davidson County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) are working together to provide immediate assistance to individuals impacted by the tragedy on Friday, December 25 in downtown Nashville.

With the city’s focus of quickly identifying businesses, employees of those affected businesses, and residents who lived in the damaged historic downtown structures, members of the VOAD have been identified based on their areas of expertise to assist in moving the recovery efforts downtown forward. This group of local nonprofits has been working closely since the incident to organize and mobilize resources and assistance by individuals and families affected.



January 6th Food and Essentials Drive-Thru Event for Survivors

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Community Resource Center, 218 Omohundro Place
The Community Resource Center, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, will be providing essential kits for survivors that will include food, hygiene products and diapers for those in need. The food boxes and essential kits will be available to pick-up during a “Nashville Strong” drive-thru event on Wednesday, January 6, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Community Resource Center, located at 218 Omohundro Place, Nashville, TN 37210.

Lutheran Disaster Response will also be on site for emotional and spiritual care providing purposeful listening to survivors overcoming challenges related to disaster recovery.



Nashville Strong Assistance Fund

Catholic Charities will provide assistance to those who live or work in the explosion perimeter area in the historic downtown area, through a specially funded program that will begin Monday, January 4. An online application for assistance will be go live on Friday afternoon, January 1.

The application can be accessed from the following web site: nashvillestrong2021.org. Those who are unable to access the online application can call (615) 352-8591.


For assistance from Metro Nashville Davidson County Government, affected individuals should visit hub.nashville.gov, use the hubNashville 311 app or call 311.

Food Assistance

Individuals in need of emergency food assistance can text ‘FEEDS’ to 797979 or

visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org/get-help to access Second Harvest’s Find Food tool to locate the nearest food distribution, including Emergency Food Box sites in Davidson County. For additional assistance, individuals can call 2-1-1.

Cash Assistance

A limited supply of gift cards, provided by Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command, will be available for immediate cash assistance for those affected. Individuals can receive more information by texting the word ‘STRONG’ to 484848.

Housing and Immediate Needs

The American Red Cross of Tennessee is providing assistance for those displaced from their home, apartment or townhouse. Those needing assistance should contact the Red Cross at 800-RED-CROSS to help with their immediate needs, which may include food, shelter, clothing, health and mental health services, community referrals and recovery assistance.

Assistance for Spanish Speakers

Spanish speakers impacted can call Conexión Americas at (615) 270-9252 for assistance beginning on Monday, January 4, 2021.

Resource and Referral Line

Individuals in need of assistance can contact United Way of Greater Nashville’s 24-hour resource and referral line for help by dialing 211 or visiting 211.org.

Note: To qualify for financial assistance, survivors will need to provide proof of employment or residency in the direct impacted area.

Free and Discounted Services

The Holiday Inn Express Nashville Downtown Metrocenter and the Hyatt Place Nashville Airport are offering displaced families their first night free. The Hyatt Place is pet friendly. First responders are welcome for 24/7 free coffee and breakfast each morning while supplies last. Parking is plentiful and complimentary. *Offer good through March 31st, 2021.*

If you need food, visit TheStore.Org for information about free groceries

If you are a first responder or have been personally affected by the bombing, MHARTis offering 4 sessions of free therapy.

Nashville Community Fridge is stocked with food that is free and available 24/7 to anyone in need. 

Red Cross is urging displaced residents to please call 1-800-RED-CROSS, and a case worker can begin assistance. 

Businesses and individuals affected by the bombing can apply for forgivable assistance from Nashville 30-Day Fund that does not need to be repaid.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel is offering the first night free and discounted family and friends rate for addition nights 

Cotton Global Disaster Solutions can help with estimates and working with adjusters assessing damaged property

Individuals with 37201 zip codes can get a special $79 rate at Courtyard by Marriott Downtown and TownePlace Suites by Marriott Downtown Capitol District (contact Cynthia.Diggs@marriott.com and Laura.Bartholomew@marriott.com respectively for reservations)




The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Nashville Neighbors Fund, established in partnership with WTVF-NewsChannel5, is accepting gifts to provide services to both the immediate and long-term needs of survivors affected by the Christmas Day tragedy.

United Way of Greater Nashville is partnering with Mayor John Cooper’s office to accept gifts to its Restore the Dream Fund which will provide long-term disaster recovery support to nonprofits for the survivors. People who wish to donate may visit www.unitedwaygreaternashville.org or text RESTORE20 to 41444.

The Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command believes “we are stronger together” and is assisting survivors with urgent needs of food, transportation, and healthcare through Kroger Gift Cards, UBER Rides and UBER Eats. Gifts can be made in support of this disaster response at www.salvationarmynashville.org.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Nashville provides a range of services that help clients through crises and toward self-sufficiency. Services include emergency financial assistance, counseling, job training, housing stability, hunger relief, and more. Gifts in support of their disaster relief efforts can be made at www.cctenn.org.

Community Resource Center of Nashville will be actively engaged with long-term recovery efforts to provide basic essentials, clothing, household goods, and is collecting items to assist with debris removal, clean up and first responder needs.

Support the Bartella Nashville family.
This homemade dessert location is a small family business owned by four Nashvillians, they aren’t big corporate; they are your neighbors. They struggled through the pandemic for the last 12 months and now were just a few feet from  the Nashville bombing.

Support the Beer Sellar Employees in Downtown Nashville.
Statement from the Beer Sellar:  “Due to the Christmas Day car bombing, the Nashville Beer Sellar will be closed until further notice. The full extent of the damage is not yet known, but we do know that we will not be open anytime soon. It has been a tough year, to say the least. Although we are immensely thankful that no one was physically hurt, the financial strain all this has put on our staff is enormous. Anything helps and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are receiving from our friends and community.”

Support the Nashville Downtown Hostel Employees.
Statement from the Nashville Downtown Hostel:  “We have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help support our staff and contractors while the hostel is closed for repairs following the explosion. Early assessments indicate that the hostel may be closed for 6 months or more for this work. Most of our employees have either been furloughed or had their hours reduced to part-time. Our full-time service contractors no longer have a place for work. We have created this campaign to support our staff and contractors until we can reopen. We appreciate any assistance and look forward to opening our doors again.”

Support Nashville Ink Tattoo.
Statement from Nashville Ink Tattoo:  “As you all know our shop got destroyed by the Christmas day bombing in Downtown Nashville. It will take a while to rebuild it and our employees will be out of commission, without the ability to provide and support their families. We ask your help. Every dollar donated will go directly to our employees. You can also donate in Venmo (@NashvilleInk) or Cashapp ($Nashvilleinktattoo)”

Support the Nashville Melting Pot Family.
Statement from The Indianapolis Melting Pot and our National extended family:  “Unfortunately, on the day of Christmas there was a bombing in Nashville, Tennessee. As a result, the Nashville Melting Pot team members will be without jobs for the foreseeable future. As part of The Melting Pot extended family, we hope in this time of holiday spirit to raise money for the team members and their family during this unfortunate time.”

A 100% of funds raised will go exclusively to the staff of Melting Pot Nashville. 

Support The Old Spaghetti Factory Employees in Downtown Nashville.
Statement from The Old Spaghetti Factory:  “Please help support the employees of the Old Spaghetti Factory. Early Christmas morning, an explosion rocked downtown Nashville, TN and caused significant damage to our restaurant. No one was physically injured, but it could be weeks or more until we can reopen. Please join us in our support of the staff by making a generous donation. Every dollar will go directly to the staff to help them meet their basic financial needs.”

Support Pride and Glory Tattoo in Downtown Nashville.
Statement from Organizer:  “One of the staples in this area directly affected by the explosion is Pride and Glory Tattoo. Positioned almost directly across the street from the blast, Pride and Glory Tattoo experienced an almost direct hit. Since 2014 Peter Gibson (owner) and his artists have serviced the Nashville locals and tourists alike with exceptional art and memories. The immediate problem that the explosion caused, is that it took away from Peter a place to earn a living and support his family, Rachel (fiance) and new son Beau. The ask is that we can work together and help them get through these uncertain times, giving any amount that you financially can.”

Support the Nashville Rodizio Grill Family.
Statement from Rodizio Grill Nashville:  “On Christmas Day, there was a bombing in Nashville, Tennessee which was right in front of Rodizio Grill. Due to the destruction, the Rodizio Grill Nashville staff members are without jobs for the foreseeable future. As part of the national Rodizio Grill family as the Director of Marketing, I started this GoFundMe to directly help Nashville’s staff. Please consider donating to support Rodizio’s team members and their families during this incredibly difficult time. 100% of monies raised will be given directly and quickly to the staff facilitated through the Franchise Owner of Rodizio Grill – Nashville.”

Support three Nashville Small Businesses: Ensemble Nashville Boutique, Pride and Glory Tattoo, and Simply the Best $10 Boutique.
Statement:  “This go fund me is to support the business owners and staff of Ensemble Nashville, Simply the Best, and Pride & Glory Tattoo. These owners and staff members have been impacted with with COVID-19, protests and riots, and now have been impacted by the total loss of their businesses due to the explosion and attack on Nashville. All funds received will be split between the three businesses and given to the owners of the business to distribute as they see fit.


100% of profits from all items sold through January 3rd at NashvilleTN/I Believe In Nashville will be donated to the victims of the bombing

100% of the profits from the sale of this Nashville Strong shirt from Project 615 will be donated at a later date to small businesses & people affected by this terrible event.

100% of the proceeds from this Nashville Support Bracelet go directly towards the Lee Family & the employees of Simply the Best $10 Boutique/Ensemble.

Amerigo Gazaway is donating all proceeds through the end of January from Nashville related merch items (“Nashville By Nature” and “Nashville Soul” shirts, hoodies, mugs etc) at http://soulmatesproject.com/shop and http://amerigomusic.com to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

100% of the proceeds of merchandise and donations to We Are East Nashville will go to victims of the bombing for the foreseeable future.


Hands On Nashville is recruiting volunteers to help with disaster relief and recovery efforts, including cleanup and distribution of essential items to survivors and first responders. Visit hon.org to register as a volunteer or find a disaster-relief project.


The Nashville/Davidson County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) provides the framework for successful preparation and activation of nonprofits and private companies to provide essential augmentations for local government’s capacity and available resources during a disaster. The VOAD is a purposeful mechanism that scales up during crisis, strengthens area-wide disaster coordination, and enhances preparedness by sharing information and engaging in joint training.

The current VOAD steering committee includes:

  • American Red Cross of Tennessee
  • Catholic Charities of Tennessee
  • Community Resource Center
  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
  • Conexión Americas
  • Hands on Nashville
  • The Housing Fund
  • Lutheran Disaster Response
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Nashville Humane Association
  • Salvation Army – Nashville Area Command
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief – Tennessee Conference
  • United Way of Greater Nashville
  • Urban League of Middle Tennessee